Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

Species: European eel

Nominated by: Blue Planet Society

Conservation status: Critically Endangered

Why do you love it? The migration of the European eel is one of nature’s great unsolved mysteries, although it is thought that all European eels spawn in the Sargasso Sea, in the western Atlantic. Science has only just begun to understand these wonderful and fascinating creatures, and at a time when their survival is very much in doubt.

What are the threats to the European eel? Overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution and obstruction of waterways through human infrastructure such as dams and weirs.

What are you doing to save it? At every opportunity Blue Planet Society uses social media to highlight the plight of the European eel, educate and increases awareness of these underappreciated animals.

Find out more about the Blue Planet Society

Discover more eel species on Arkive